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February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

Although having to New York a few times in the past, 'my' Big Apple Greeter showed my points, things and landmarks I had never seen before. It was a great experience that I enjoyed a lot

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by learning a lot of new things about and in NYC

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have to think about it again as so far I do not know anything

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

Everyone who comes to New York should see all the wonderful and high profile venues it has to offer. But if they also want to experience the Big Apple from a real New Yorker's point of view, they should take a neighborhood tour from a Big Apple Greeter (BAG) volunteer. BAG is a magical and unrivaled New York "happening" that takes you behind the scenes in places you would never get to visit otherwise. BAG leaves you with an emotional attachment to the widely varied and unique neighborhoods that make up a City where over 106 languages are spoken each day. Big Apple Greeter doesn't sugar coat New York, but will nonetheless leave a visitor with sweet memories!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the personal touches of each of the hundreds of volunteers whose reward is sharing their city with strangers who quickly become family.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Figure out a way to get it on a firm financial footing.

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

My mother, sister and I spent a wonderful afternoon with our New York City Greeter. We were able to experience riding the subway, Central Park without the worry of the big city. Our greeter knew the city, told us the features of the city and made us fall in love with it! We walked the park, sat on the benches, spoke to people in the park, rode the subway-several different lines with his guidance. The big scary city turned into feeling like we were a home and comfortable with it. We are looking forward to our next visit real soon and will use them again. We have told friends to take advanage of this wonderful experience.

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The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

wanting to visit again.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no changes needed except maybe more funding from the City of New York.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

Frommers

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

Having twice been hosted by an NYC greeter, the volunteers were helpful, congenial and informative. I love their personal stories about the areas they guided us through and truly see this program as a gift to anyone open to taking the road less traveled with a seasoned New Yorker!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

New york

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

online research

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

to volunteer more!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

My wife and I have on 3 occasions when we have visited NY city have requested the services of Big Apple Greeter. There help showing us around the city made our trip special. Each one on the guides were friendly and very helpful. I cannot say enough about how much we enjoy the experience. I am from the Mid West and I have many times heard folks say that New Yorkers and not friendly. Of course many of them have not visited the city. My experience has just been the opposite. I found the people from New York City very friendly. When you meet these people who volunteer for Big Apple Greeters your doubls about the city will change quickly.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

New York City

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not a thing

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

When I was researching information on line for a trip to New York City, I looked at many sites. We had not been to NYC for a long time and I was anxious about finding our way around the city. I came across the site for Big Apple Greeters and was amazed to see that it was free! I assumed we would "get what we paid for" but how wrong I was. Our escort, Peter Drew, was delightful, knowledgeable, and passionate about his love for NYC. Through his tutorage, we quickly learned how to get about the city via the subway, learned the history and background of the burroughs and set the tone for a wonderful stay. What an amazing service this is!!!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

New York City

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Absolutely nothing!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Internet search!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

When we visited NYC in 2008, we contacted Big Apple Greeters to set up a guide. We gave them information about our group (my 2 daughters and me) and our guide, Cecelia, decided that we women would like to go to the jewelry district. She could not have picked a better day if she had known us!! She took us to the hidden stores that we would never have found on our own and we had a lovely day together. She even refused to allow us to pay for her lunch. The day we spent with her was among the highlights of our trip and my daughters still talk about it.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our experience with the services they provide.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of a thing I would change from our limited experience.

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

For our second trip to New York City in April 2010, we decided to send a request to Big Apple Greeter. Big Apple Greeter is a non-profit organization that helps visitors discover NYC by intoducing them to a local volunteer greeter. No two visits are the same - ours was supposed to last 2-4 hours, but our amazing guide Chafin took us on a much longer tour of Brooklyn and Harlem, the two neighborhoods we had expressed an interest in. Chafin is not a professional tour guide, but having spent over 10 years volunteering with Big Apple Greeter, he definitely knows how to entertain visitors. He showed us several sites we would never have found on our own, and by sharing many stories with us (he grew up in Harlem and eventually moved to Brooklyn with his wife Ethel), he truly helped us understand what it's like to live in the New York City area. He made us feel much more comfortable about getting around the city on our own and going beyond popular Manhattan spots. New York City will never be the same for us thanks to this one-of-a-kind experience!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

discovering New York City.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add more volunteers in order to meet the number of requests.

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

Aloha! Mys husband and I visited New York City for the first time in February, 2007. I had read about Big Apple Greeters in Pauline Frommer's New York City. What a great recommendation! We contacted them through their easy-to-use website and were set up with a great volunteer guide. Since we are from Kauai, one of the smaller, more rural islands of Hawaii, I had never been exposed to mass transit. I asked to tour Central Park and learn how to ride the subway. Since we were there in February, it snowed. Our guide showed us how to walk in the snow so we wouldn't fall down. He showed us how to read the bus and subway schedules and presented us with our very first MetroCard! We went on both subway and bus rides with our guide and had a nice tour of Central Park. Of course , most of the concessions were closed because of the snow, but he was still able to show us a great time! He spent about 4 hours with us. It was an experience we will never forget. New Yorkers often get a bad rap, but just everyone we came in contact with was great. Everyone should visit New York City and contact Big Apple Greeters when they do. I can't think of a more deserving organization than Big Apple Greeters. Please give them this donation!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a client served

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes. They were very professional and a great organization to work with.

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February 1, 2011

I have proudly been a Big Apple Greeter since 2008, and I have shown more than 100 people our great city of New York! Big Apple Greeter improves the image of New York City in the eyes of visitors, by giving visitors an intimate view of the city through the eyes of a native New Yorker. These visitors in turn, collectively spend billions of dollars in the city eating at local restaurants, shopping, and supporting businesses such as local mom & pop stores. Big Apple Greeter is an organization worthy of support, as it helped to make New York City one of the number one tourist destinations, not only in the country, but in the world!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization through the wonderful reviews my guests wrote, after a greet.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would allow the greeters to accept tips.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I would allow the greeters to accept tips.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I learned many things from my guests about their country, their food and customs.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very happy & rewarded

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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